15 July 2003

Pat Robertson and Operation Supreme Court Freedom

The religous broadcaster urges his followers to pray for God to remove three justices from the Supreme Court in response to the its recent ruling that decriminalized sodomy.

On this morning's KTAR David Leibowitz program, the host put forth a proposal for a retaliatory prayer offensive - to pray that one of Robertson's grandsons turns up gay.

Perhaps Robertson is merely scurrying for a deflection of press coverage over his defense of his African business partner, Liberia dictator Charles Taylor.

In recent days, Robertson has used his nationally broadcast television show to charge that the U.S. government has sought to destabilize Liberia and oust President Charles Taylor. Although Taylor is a brutal dictator under indictment for war crimes by the United Nations, he is a business partner of Robertson.

During his repeated TV tirades, Robertson never mentioned his primary reason for wanting Taylor to remain in power: The two men are partners in a gold-mining venture. In 1999, a Robertson-owned company, Freedom Gold, entered into an arrangement with Taylorís regime to look for gold in southern Liberia. If gold is found, Taylorís government will receive royalties from Robertson. That arrangement will collapse if Taylor is forced out.

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